Ashton United vs Oldham Athletic match preview

Over 200 days in the making, football returns to Hurst Cross! The second stop on the Robin’s pre-season campaign sees Michael Clegg’s side welcome League Two residents Oldham Athletic for a clash which is bound to start the weekend’s football off right.

Oldham Athletic present a huge task for Ashton United this early into pre-season, the local rivals have an incredible history and reputation within English football. The Ashton squad will have plenty of opportunities in this game to show their quality given the high level of opposition. With places up for grabs ready for the new season expect some fantastic individual showings from the Robins Both clubmen such as Greg Hartley and our newcomers who could be making their Hurst Cross debuts such as young defender Harry Spratt will be looking to cement their places in the starting 11 for the upcoming season.

After a thrilling clash against Macclesfield last week the Robins continue to build fitness and confidence. The pre-season opener certainly did not disappoint with both teams amongst the goals in the 2-2 spectacle. The Silkmen clash started with a timid first half with both teams looking to shake off some rust. Someone who didn’t seem to miss a beat in the first half was debutant Jack Redshaw who gave us a glimpse of what made him so popular at York City when he hit the crossbar from a near-perfect free-kick. After a few half time adjustments and some brilliant team talks both teams came back ready to put on a show. 2 goals from the Silkmen put the Robins on the back foot but after a strong rally from our boys Harvey Macadam found Ashton United a lifeline when he slotted one home past the Macclesfield keeper. In the dying embers of the game, the relentless Robin’s pressure caused a Macclesfield own goal closing out the game to the dismay of fans who could have watched this match go on all day.

The last times the Robins met the Latics was all the way back in 2019 in another pre-season friendly which finished 2-2 so there is a history of goals in the fixture. Although with that fixture being so long ago there is truly a blank canvas for Michael Clegg and his Robins to create some history.  With tickets priced at just £5, this match is the place to be on Saturday. The 3 pm kick-off is the beginning of what is shaping up to be a legendary weekend of football for this country. Football is coming home, but first, it’s coming home to Hurst Cross. We cannot wait to see you there!


Zak Taylor